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10 of the best family friendly Yorkshire attractions

Ed 05 November 2016

Wondering how to keep the kids happy during the school holidays? We have rounded up 10 of the best family friendly attractions in Yorkshire to keep even the fussiest children entertained. There's more than enough for a fun-filled short break or half term holiday to remember so why not take a look at our family-friendly holiday cottages and start planning your next Yorkshire getaway.

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land is always a favourite with children of all ages with rides ranging from sedate to thrill-seeking.  This theme park near Malton also includes a zoo with experiences to try including meeting Meerkats and Penguins.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is the no.1 walk-through wildlife park in the UK. There are around 400 types of animals to see and kids will love spotting the lions, tigers, leopards and polar bears. This Yorkshire attraction is easily reached via the A1. Through the Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundations supports the conservation of endangered species.

Jorvik Viking Centre

Re-launched in 2017, the Jorvik Viking Centre celebrates the rich Viking history of York. The highlight of the experience is a journey through a re-created Viking village in a state-of-the-art capsule. There’s also a glass floor where you can view the actual dig site and lots of ancient Viking relics on display. 

Jorvik Viking Centre is right in the centre of York so can be easily combined with visits to other nearby attractions such as York Dungeons and Yorkshire’s Jurassic World. Take a look at our range of York holiday cottages.

Harewood House

There’s lots to keep children entertained at this grand stately home between York and Harrogate. Harewood House grounds include a Bird Garden where you can feed the penguins, an adventure playground and even boat trips. In the house children can play dress up with Victorian costumes

The Forbidden Corner

The Forbidden Corner is a top choice among grandchildren and grandparents alike. This Wensleydale attraction is close to Middleham and has acres of grounds to explore. There are surprises around every corner – you’ll never know quite what is lurking around the next one at this fabulous folly!

Eureka! The National Chidren’s Museum

You can combine entertainment with education at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Recommended for children up to the age of 11, there are six different zones in the museum. In ‘All About Me’ children will learn more about the human body including climbing in teeth and looking up a giant nose. In ‘Living and Working Together’ they can explore a child-size town square.

Big Sheep Little Cow

Enjoy all the fun of the farm at this family friendly attraction near Bedale. Children can tour the working farm and can hand and bottle-feed the animals including sheep, goats pigs and llamas. There’s also an indoor soft play area so that your grandchildren can run off some energy too

Lightwater Valley

There are thrills and spills aplenty at the Lightwater Valley theme park near Ripon. Older grandchildren will love a ride on The Ultimate – it’s the longest roller coaster in Europe but there is plenty for younger grandchildren too. Enjoy a sedate ride on a Swan Boat or get wet on the Wild River Rapid.

Book your family-friendly holiday to Yorkshire

For even more inspiration read our family-friendly guide to Yorkshire which includes outdoor activities, rainy day activities and a selection of hand-picked family-friendly Yorkshire holiday cottages

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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